Saturday, December 7, 2013

Distressing Frames with Soap & Spray Paint

There are so many paint treatments out there these days.
Take a look on Pinterest & you'll find more options than you can shake a stick at.
I decided I'd give a few of them a try, starting with this one:
the bar of soap, sandpaper, & spray paint treatment.

I started with an odds & ends assortment of frames purchased at Goodwill.

After taking them apart, down to the frame only, I rubbed the bar of soap on the parts
of the frame where I wanted the original wood to show through.
By rubbing the soap on the frame, the paint kinda bubbles up & sands off very easily.

{This is similar to the vaseline paint treatment which I also tried on another project --
I am so behind on telling/showing you these things!  Bad blogger.
I'll show you soon, promise.}

After rubbing with the bar of soap, I spray painted my frames ...
& when they were thoroughly dried, I used a piece of sandpaper & lightly sanded here & there ...
especially where the soap was.
The paint just peels right off in those areas leaving a perfectly distressed look!

I love it.
And old, out-dated Goodwill frame given a new look.
And it's my favorite look, at that:  distressed shabby perfectness.

Stay tuned.
Tomorrow, I'll show you what I did with these frames after they were all painted.


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  1. I have actually been wondering how to distress some cute picture frames I already have in the house. I wanted to use them in the shabby chic themed nursery I am putting together. Thanks for the tip. This will really help!!!

    1. Nicole, this one is super easy & it works! Your nursery sounds like it will be adorable! So glad you stopped in.

  2. This is a great idea--thank you for sharing!

  3. This is a great technique! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party. We love having your join the fun.
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  5. Congratulations…this post was featured on Create It Thursday #33! Thanks for sharing such a great idea with us last week!